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 Filed as : Italy

Life with Wine: Italy

Nov 28, 2012
Life with Wine: Italy
The Sparkling Wines of Ferrari metodo classico

vineyards-near-trentoThe French have a long tradition of associating their premium Champagnes with their finest luxury goods. Nowhere is this more evident than at LMVH, parent company to fêted designers such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Céline as well as the venerable champagne houses Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Krug. In Italy, the relationship between fashion and fine wine, particularly sparkling wine, has not been quite as cozy, until now. Ferrari, the century-old Trentino-based winery dedicated to metodo classico sparkling wine is getting into the act. Camilla, Alessandro, Matteo and Marcello Lunelli, the third generation of their family to be stewards of the estate, are spreading the word that Ferrari wines represent a distinctively Italian sense of style.

Long the sparkling wine of choice at Italy’s state dinners such as the G-8 conference in Genoa, Ferrari metodo classico filled the flutes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala last spring celebrating the iconic Italian designers Schiaparelli and Prada, as well as afterparties attended by Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Adrien Brody. This fall it was served at the opening of the Woody Allen film, To Rome with Love.

With the holiday season upon us, and with it abundant opportunities to raise a toast, the most important point to remember about the sparkling wines of Ferrari is the value they offer as a Champagne alternative. Metodo classico literally means “classic method,” which indicates that theses wines are made in the same way as Champagne: second bottle fermentation followed by lees aging, riddling and disgorgement. The results are straw colored wines with lively bubbles and a clean creamy finish. Camilla Lunelli enjoys the Ferrari Brut with young cheeses and the Brut Rosé with fruit and chocolate.

Will be you be sipping Ferrari sparkling wines this holiday season? Tell us below.



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